Best Wishes Valerie!

By Ingrid Rivera

7/28/2017 -- Valerie Smith, our public services coordinator, known for sharing her love of local history, is retiring Sept. 1 after serving the Lorain Public Library System (LPLS) for more than 40 years. 


During her career at LPLS’s Main Library, she’s served as a children’s librarian and adult librarian, and has headed both departments. Looking back, Smith says she’s proud of having helped to get levies passed because “the community needs and deserves a good library,” she said.


“I’m proud of the way the Lorain Public Library System has always been forward-thinking in terms of technology and different library materials that the public might want. We were one of the first libraries to offer personal computers the public could try out,” said Valerie Smith, public services coordinator at the Main Library.



Helping patrons find their next best “read” and having such a wide access to new books has been what she’s enjoyed most during her library career. “That personal touch found in reader’s advisory has been one of my main enjoyments. I really enjoy that one-on-one time helping patrons,” she said.

Smith has led highly successful, well-attended nutrition, and local history programs including the popular presentations on the Lorain-Sandusky Tornado of 1924, and the Sears Catalog Kit Homes in Lorain County.

One of her most recent accomplishments, she calls it her special exit project, is her involvement in helping to celebrate and preserve a very important piece of Lorain’s history.

Working with the Lorain Lighthouse Foundation, Inc. and the Lorain Historical Society, Smith researched and compiled the lighthouse’s history, now published in the booklet The History of the Lorain Lighthouse (1917 – 2017). “That book is definitely a nice souvenir to leave on my way out the door,” Smith said.



Thank you for all your expertise, leadership and dedication to our libraries, Val.

We wish you all the best in this new chapter of your life!








Valerie Smith's Retirement Open House Party

Join us in celebrating her 43 years of service to the Lorain Community!

Saturday, Aug. 12  from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Toni Morrison Room - Main Library - 351 W. 6th Street, Lorain

Refreshments courtesy of the Lorain Friends of the Library


Donations to the Foundation of the Lorain Public Library System, Inc. gladly accepted